GP 4 seasons for summer?

Steve236
Steve236 Posts: 212
edited April 2013 in Road beginners
Back in February I took my new Canyon out for its first ride and promptly got a puncture (sharp piece of flint). I changed to Conti 4 seasons and not a puncture since after a good few hundred miles.

I'm now wondering whether to put the Mavic Yksions back on for the summer or leave on the 4 seasons - will I notice much difference?

Other option is to go for something else - GP4000s or something. Was I just unlucky with the puncture or should I expect more if I put the Yksions back on?

Thoughts appreciated.

Comments

  • smidsy
    smidsy Posts: 5,273
    The mavic tyres do roll nicely.

    The Conti do seem to have a hint in their name though :-)

    Flint is always going to be a problem in winter on any tyre.
    Yellow is the new Black.
  • danlikesbikes
    danlikesbikes Posts: 3,898
    Have my GP4's on the winter bike which is fast becoming the do-it-all bike right now & I won't be changing the tyres over. Put them on as they are good for all round use & not had a flat all winter so pretty happy with them.
    Pain hurts much less if its topped off with beating your mates to top of a climb.
  • antfly
    antfly Posts: 3,276
    edited April 2013
    Change them and go faster. Cont GP 4000S are noticeably faster, it's free speed.
    Smarter than the average bear.
  • turnerjohn
    turnerjohn Posts: 1,069
    they are called "4 seasons" for a reason ! some race treads will be slightly faster tho ...not sure what the Mavic weight but bet their pretty close in weight terms
  • slowbike
    slowbike Posts: 8,498
    I put the 4seasons on last August. Been fine since I have bought a set of gp 4000s' whilst they were on offer though. It'll be good to see if they feel any faster. I doubt it though.
  • marcusjb
    marcusjb Posts: 2,412
    Run GP 4 seasons on 2 of my bikes all year around (commute fixed bike and audax bike). Get a flat around every 3000km - which isn't too bad. They roll well enough for me.

    I am experimenting with Vittoria Open Pave CG tyres a little (I've only done about 400km on them so far). They seem to roll a little better than the contis, but we will have to see how resistant to p***tures they are and if they last well.
  • antfly
    antfly Posts: 3,276
    I have the open paves too, they are a quick tyre and I have only had one flat from a thorn all winter. I wasn't impressed with the 4 seasons when I bought them last winter, they were slow and the sidewall split early on.
    Smarter than the average bear.
  • kayo74
    kayo74 Posts: 299
    GP4000s great buy, been using for the last 2 years and never had a issue although they do wear quick but for punctures wise bullet proof.
  • Steve236
    Steve236 Posts: 212
    Thanks for the replies.

    So I could leave the 4 seasons on for many miles of puncture-free, fairly nippy riding or I could change to 4000s or the Open Pave CGs for a bit of extra speed without compromising too much on puncture resistance.
  • danlikesbikes
    danlikesbikes Posts: 3,898
    Steve236 wrote:
    Thanks for the replies.

    So I could leave the 4 seasons on for many miles of puncture-free, fairly nippy riding or I could change to 4000s or the Open Pave CGs for a bit of extra speed without compromising too much on puncture resistance.

    Yep, spot on.

    As before have the 4 seasons on the winter bike & never had an issue with them but happy to sacrifice (potentially) some puncture resistance for a better roll and have the 4000s on the summer bike.
    Pain hurts much less if its topped off with beating your mates to top of a climb.
  • antfly
    antfly Posts: 3,276
    GP 4000s tyres don't wear quickly by the way, compared to others.
    Smarter than the average bear.
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 72,615
    Why not? If you like them, keep them.
  • keef66
    keef66 Posts: 13,123
    My bike was fitted with 4 Seasons from the off (bought in September, so it seemed sensible) but I never got round to fitting lighter summer tyres. That was over 5 years ago and I've just fitted another set of 4 Seasons. Maybe one day I'll try a different tyre...
  • Bordersroadie
    Bordersroadie Posts: 1,052
    Another plus point, GP4 Seasons are impressively lightweight. I just fitted 25c to my wet bike and weighed them on my digital scale - 222g each. The (very) old wire-bead Gators I removed were 310g each - quite a weight saving!